Kenneth Elliott

My involvement in the art business has now spanned over 40 years. I began as a picture framer, then worked alongside an art restorer, became an art dealer and about 25 years ago, began to draw and paint. In my career I’ve been fortunate to have seen remarkably good works of art and to have met some of the best painters in the field.

 

My focus is the landscape and its rich store of ideas and inspiration. I am compelled to work from the trees, skies, lakes and streams in their endless variations. I don’t try to recreate nature (even Monet said he never got it right) or attempt storytelling. Instead, the works are simplifications and exaggerations of nature. There was a time when I felt the tyranny of the landscape. That is, I felt limited by making pictures of a place. Now, instead of making pictures, I am free to make art objects – art that comes from nature but is far more reliant on the strategies of making fine art.

 

Fortunately I’ve learned that what some would call mistakes are part of the creative process. So I try to begin boldly, not worrying about mistakes, using more color than exists in nature and varying the types of chroma and marks. During the process, I allow my vision and the inevitable missteps to become a part of the emerging image. Some of these missteps will be eliminated and the more delicious ones are incorporated into the artwork as unintended surprises.

 

Representation
Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
Arden’s Gallery, Houston, Texas
Hunt Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
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Selected Exhibitions:
2017 Governor’s Art Show, Loveland Museum and Gallery, CO
2017 Saks Galleries, Group Show, Denver, CO
2017 Group Show with the Expand Artists: Arapahoe Community College Art and Design Center, CO
2016 Group Show, Arden’s Gallery, Houston, TX
2015 Group Show, Art Gym, Denver, CO
2016 Mirada Fine Art, Indian Hills CO
2015 One Person Show, Arden’s Gallery River Oaks, Houston, TX
2015 Group Show with the Expand Artists: Lone Tree Arts Center, CO
2015 Two-person Show with Kim English, Total Arts, Taos, NM
2015 Group Show, Arden’s Gallery River Oaks, Houston, TX
2015 One-man retrospective, PACE Center, Parker, CO
2014 Group Show, Denver International Airport
2013 Two-person Show, Madden Museum of Fine Art, Denver, CO
2013 Group Show, Group show at aBuzz Gallery, Aug 2013
2012 Group Show, Madden Museum of Fine Art, Denver, CO
2012 Group Show, Total Arts, Taos, New Mexico
2011 Group Shows, Total Arts Gallery, Taos, NM
2011 Group Show, Madden Museum, Denver, CO
2011 Group Show, Decade Show, Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
2011 Group Show, Michele Mosko, Denver Exploring Abstraction
2010 Group Shows, Total Arts Gallery, Taos, NM
2009 Group Show, Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
2008 One-man Show, Arden’s Gallery, Houston, TX
2008 Group Show, Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
2008 One-man Show, Framed Image, Denver, CO
2007 Group Show, Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
2006 One-man Show, ZYT Gallery, Los Altos, CA
2006 One-man Show, ZYT Gallery, Los Altos, CA
2006 One-man Show, Arden’s Gallery, Houston, TX
2005 One-man Show, Arden’s Gallery, Houston, TX
2005 Two-man Show, Open Press Ltd., New Monotypes
2004 Group Show, Open Press 15 Year Retrospective,, Colorado Springs Contemporary Arts Center, CO
2004 One-man Show, New Monotypes, Arden’s Gallery, Houston, TX
2004 Group Show, Millsap Moore Gallery, Evergreen, CO
2004 One-man Show, Arden’s Gallery, Houston, TX
2003 Group Show, Colorado Painting, Grant Street Studios, Denver, CO
2003 Group Show, ZYT Gallery, CA
2002 One-man Show, Arden’s Gallery, Houston, TX
2001 Group show, American Landscape Paintings, Editions Limited, Oakland, CA
2001 Group show, Joseph Thayer Gallery, Castle Rock, CO
2001 Group show, Colorado Art Open Exhibition, Golden CO
2000 One-man Show, Sharon Park Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1999 One-man Show, Sharon Park Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1996 Group Show, Kismet Gallery, juried by Janet Fish, San Jose, CA
1996 Group Show, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA
1995 Group Show, Triton Museum Biennial, Santa Clara, CA
1994 One-man show, 3Com, Palo Alto, CA.
1994 One-man show, Hitachi, Santa Clara, CA
1994 Group show, Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
1993 Group show, Gump’s, San Francisco, CA
1993 Group show, Triton Museum Biennial, Santa Clara, CA
1993 One-man show, Arden’s, Houston, Texas
1993 One-man show, Van Kampen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1992 Group show, Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts Alumni Exhibit,
Santa Fe, NM
1992 One-man show, St. Francis Foundation Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 Group show, Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 Group show, Gallery 30, Burlingame, CA
1990 Group show, Pastel Society of the West Coast, 4th National Open, Sacramento, CA
1989 One-man show, Hewlett Packard Headquarters, Cupertino, CA
1989 One-man show, Coyote Point Museum, San Mateo, CA
1989 Group show, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, Texas
1988 Group show, Wilhelm Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
1988 Group show, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, Texas

 

Collections (Partial Listing)
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Hewlett Packard
Four Seasons Hotel, Denver
Vail Mountain Club, Vail, CO
Ritz Hotel, Denver
Town and Country Hospital, Houston
Marriott Hotels
Lowry Medical Center, Denver
Panhandle Eastern
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Pinnacol
Coopers and Lybrand
Kaiser-Permanente
Stanford Cancer Center, Palo Alto
National Dairy Board
Holland America Cruise Line
Blue Shield
Magnet Bank, Atlanta
Project Energy
Ford, Harrison Law, Atlanta
Hitachi
Grubb and Ellis, Denver
Raychem
Glennmoor Country Club, Denver
Tufts New England Medical Center
St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, Creve Coeur, MO


Gathering Light
Abstracted Colorado landscape, Castle Rock area. I began with the bright oranges and reds in combination, making a bright, new world. Care was taken to keep the brightest reds and oranges in the background only. Other colors may be similar, but they are not as strong. The strategy was to create a powerful, high-color scene. The stronger colors are not diluted, but magnified because they were not repeated elsewhere. It is the same with the yellow hues at the tops of the trees - that yellow is not used again. The other yellows are slightly green or red shifted, leaving the tops of the trees brighter than the other yellows. It all comes together in a bright, luminous landscape where all of the elements accentuate the others, setting up the glowing red-orange background as a focus point.
$8950.00
Saccades I
Abstracted Colorado landscape. I've been doing trees for years and they continue to inspire me in a variety of ways with no end in sight. With this Saccades series, much is abstracted and the forest motif becomes a place of patterns, color and light effects. These works take on a life of their own and they make a lot of demands: more shadow, color, light, mass, brights, blacks - in an endless dialog until they are finally in balance with all of their complexity. The Saccades works are designed without a singular focal point. This leads the eye to explore the equally engaging parts of the artwork.
$2450.00
Saccades VI
Abstracted Colorado landscape. About the Saccades Series here: "Since the late 19th century, researchers have been aware of the phenomenon of saccades, the rapid movement of the eye as we shift our attention from one thing to another. As a result, vision itself is discontinuous. We construct a “map of reality” from saccades much as a film editor puts together a scene from individual camera takes." From an article by the film maker Earl Morris, NY Times
$2450.00
Yellows at the Two Creeks
Abstracted Colorado landscape. In this oil I focused on what the yellows can do. Everything in the painting is about setting up the those brightest, glowing spots in the trees. Every part of this oil has it's own life and vitality regardless of the color or brightness. As it emerged, it became more complicated than I expected but I enjoyed the challenge.
$6750.00

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